Marketplace PM for December 12, 2006

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Mexico's housing market is on the rise

America's housing market may be slumping but across the border in Mexico houses are going up in record numbers. The folks fueling the market have one foot in each country and benefit from new credit opportunities. Laura Belous reports.
Posted In: Housing, Mexico
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Who really cares?

Individual donors are the primary supporters of U.S. charities. But who's doing the giving might surprise you. Prof. Arthur Brooks, author of a new book called "Who Really Cares," talks with Kai Ryssdal.
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New Yorkers are at a tipping point

Among all the people on New Yorkers' lists this holiday season are the people to tip. And Trey Kay reports it doesn't really matter whether those people have been naughty or nice.
Posted In: New York
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Are Bernanke & Co. thinking lower rates?

No real surprises came from the Fed today. The question now is when it might start to lower interest rates again. The answer may lie in the bond markets. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street, Washington
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For Best Buy, discounts aren't the best deal

Best Buy's third-quarter profits were up 9 percent in the third quarter and it's selling more. Trouble is, the country's largest electronics retailer is selling more at a discount. Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Retail
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Swift's meat-plant employees questioned

U.S. immigration officials raided six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. today — surprising since Swift is in a voluntary pilot program aimed at rooting out undocumented workers. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Crime, Immigration, Mexico
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Democrats, protectionism's a bad idea

If Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson can't get trade concessions from the Chinese, the fear is the Democratic Congress might throw up barriers of its own. But commentator Bruce Stokes says it's not quite that simple.
Posted In: Washington

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